Ralitsa Hiteva from SPRU at the University of Sussex and Chiara Farné Fratini from Aalborg University are running a session on ‘Governance innovations for the urban nexus ‘ at the Royal Geographical Society ‘Nexus thinking‘ Conference on 30 August – 2 September 2016, London.
Governing the water-energy-food-environment nexus calls for innovative approaches, which empower governing capacities across sectors, scales, and both the public and private spheres. New approaches must facilitate interconnections, minimise destructive trade-offs and inequalities and foster constructive nexus synergies.
This governance innovation session welcomes both empirical case studies and conceptual contributions that consider innovations in governance of the water-energy-food-environment urban nexus that:
- Enable the creation of flexible arrangements; such that a choice of alternatives courses of action are left open in the medium and long-term, in contrast to patterns of early ‘lock-in’ to a particular policy trajectory, technology and set of interests.
- Facilitate structures, cultures and practices of connecting, relating, interlinking and intermediating across sectors, technologies, actors and scales of governance.
- Include the maximum possible variety and heterogeneity of actors (in terms of position, level and type of expertise and culture) and practices involved in governing the nexus across scales and sectors.
For more information see the Governance innovations session call document RGSNexusGovernancesession_Hiteva_Fratini2016_CALLforabstracts
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